Nestled in a bend in the Ale Water in the Scottish Borders lies an enigmatic site. Long suspected to be the location of a residence belonging to one of the Medieval Bishops of Glasgow, and used by Alexander II for the signing of important documents, the Mantle Walls has captivated the interest of local residents for decades.
The story of the Mantle Walls project is a testament to the determination of members of the local community and those who would become the founding members of Ancrum and District Heritage Society. In 2019 they led a community heritage project focused on understanding the rich history and archaeology at Mantle Walls. Volunteers and local school pupils participated in excavations, workshops, public talks and event days.
AOC Archaeology, working alongside Ancrum and District Heritage Society, produced the Medieval Scottish Borders Learning Resource which includes information and activities for teachers and pupils. The activities have been aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence and most of the activities are designed so the information and instructions can be displayed on a SMART board for easier classroom use.